Networking Key to Virtual Services

Arthur Cole

High-speed networking is becoming a crucial element of so-called "virtual datacenters" springing up as hosted services around the Web.


Belgium's Q-layer recently tapped the Infiniband-based Grid Backbone switching platform from Voltaire Ltd. as the unified fabric for its Virtual Private Data Center, used by hosting companies to provide a self-service provisioning portal and virtual appliance technology to deliver data center services to customers.


The Infiniband fabric is tied to a VMware ESX layer and the Q-layer virtualization management stack to allow end-users to provision their own data center services to suit their unique needs. The combination also allows the service provider to simplify many of the provisioning, configuration and maintenance tasks related to hardware appliances, storage and networking.

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